Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Wilmington Festival Showcases Expanding Mountain Bike Trails
The Town of Wilmington is set to host their third Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival, showcasing the area’s rapidly growing web of mountain biking trails, from August 30th to September 1st, 2019.
The three-day event capitalizes on Wilmington as a hub for over 25 miles of locally-built and rider-maintained single track trails. The town was recently named one of America’s 20 Best Mountain Biking Towns by National Geographic.
The weekend includes on-site camping, live music, local food and craft beer, group rides for all abilities, shuttles, and a kids’ mountain bike race. There are guided and self-guided group rides for beginners, intermediates and experts. Shuttles are available for these hour-long to full-day rides.
Wilmington features miles of diverse single track riding at two large trail networks — the Flume and Hardy Road — as well as a screaming 3-mile descent on the Poor Man’s Downhill trail; a long, gnarly, backcountry tour on the Cooper Kiln trail, and 2,400 feet of lift-serviced vertical at Whiteface Mountain Bike Park.
The non-profit Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) is the event organizer. These volunteer riders and builders work to develop, maintain and advocate for an interconnected system of trails for ski touring and mountain biking in the greater Adirondack High Peaks Region. In its 10 years, the group has built 75 miles of trails, and is working on 30 new miles of trails to connect Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.
On-site camping is available in the Wilmington Town Park, which is serving as the basecamp for the festival. Pre-registration is the only way to reserve a campsite.
Day passes are also available on-site or in advance on the website.
For a full schedule of events or to register, visit the event website.
Photo of Wilmington mountain biking provided.